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Workplace Ergonomics for Health Care Professionals

Holiday Inn Oakville Centre
Trafalgar Ballroom
590 Argus Road
Oakville ON, L6J 3J3

This interactive, hands on workshop, will provide occupational therapist and other healthcare professionals, the skills to complete ergonomic assessments in the workplace.

The first day will focus on office ergonomics and the second day will explore more complex ergonomic issues such as: working in non-traditional work spaces and applying the latest research to improve prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and performance of the worker.


Join Nancy for Day 1 of this workshop to learn about:

  • The CSA Office ergonomics guidelines
  • Understanding the process of assessing a workstation (office-based setting)
  • Assessing the worker, work and workplace impacts on ergonomics
  • Determining the most appropriate workstation setup based on the assessment and the current research
  • Evidence-based recommendations: sit stand workstations, use of various "ergonomic" chairs, input devices, upper extremity support, alternating activities
  • Understanding the tools used in ergonomics
  • Ergonomics with new technology: the laptop, the tablet, cellphones
  • Hands-on assessment practice
  • How to create a professional report

 Join Nancy for Day 2 of this workshop to learn about:

  • The business case for ergonomics
  • Marketing your services for ergonomic consultation
  • Applying ergonomics in various workstations: industrial ergonomics, music and sport, complex work areas
  • Latest assessment approaches and methods: using tools to objectively measure forces, repetition, posture, vibration, environment (noise/lighting)
  • Ergonomics as part of return to work planning
  • Health safety and wellness - coaching for improved ergonomics
  • "Does my attitude impact my ergonomics?" - Understanding the psychology of ergonomics
  • Transitions in the workplace that impact ergonomics: virtual assessment, mobile workstations, open work environments, AI and Robotics, Cognitive challenges

 About our Presenter:

Nancy Gowan is the owner of Gowan Consulting and International Occupational Therapy Organization, working with employers and employees in prevention, stay at work and return to work. Nancy co-wrote a chapter in Ergonomics for Therapists and also wrote two editions of a Human Resources Guide to Managing Disability in the Workplace (2010 and 2016). Nancy is passionate about helping employees stay employed through life's challenges. This has led to speaking internationally to promote mental and physical health in the workplace. 

*Exhibitors will be available to network and to showcase their products*

Fees:  (Early Bird Deadline - January 21, 2019)

OSOT Member:  
Early Bird $275
Regular $320
Early Bird $490
Regular $580

Early Bird $335
Regular $400
Early Bird $690
Regular $730

Student Member:
Early Bird $180
Regular $210
Early Bird $330
Regular $385

**If your are not an OSOT member, you must create and account to register or login to an existing non-member account that you have created**

Note: Refunds will be issued provided a request is made to the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists two weeks prior to the event. Refunds will be given in full less a 15% administrative charge.
2/25/2019 - 2/26/2019
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